School Did Not Improperly Bar Officer From School Grounds

Robert Morrison was employed by the Hartford, Connecticut School Board as a special police officer. Morrison was also the president of the Hartford Federation of Special School Police Officers, Local 1018D, AFT CT, AFT, AFL-CIO (the Union). On February 28, 2020, the School Board placed Morrison on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an […]

Firefighter’s Bladder Cancer Presumed To Be Caused By Job

Stephen Bradley was a firefighter with the City of Olympia, Washington. As a firefighter, Bradley was exposed to diesel exhaust during various firefighting activities. He also was exposed to mild to moderate smoke, fumes, and toxins as well as the exhaust from the fire equipment and emergency vehicles while responding to fire suppression-related calls. After […]

Due Process And The Brady Rule

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 represents rank-and-file Philadelphia police employees. In March 2017 Philadelphia District Attorney, Seth Williams created a Police Misconduct Review Committee to identify Philadelphia police officers whose testimony should be avoided in criminal cases. As a result of the investigation, 66 officers who were accused of committing serious misconduct were […]

DFR Claims Can Have Quick Time Limits

As a New York corrections officer learned, claims that a union breached its duty of fair representation can have a very short statute of limitations. Elizabeth Case worked for the Shawangunk Correctional Facility. On March 24, 2019, while on duty, Case contacted Steven Marasco, her representative for the New York State Corrections Officers Police Benevolent […]

Union Entitled To Materials In Member’s Disciplinary File

Corrections officers working for the State of New York Department of Corrections are represented by the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association. The Department began a disciplinary investigation into Sergeant Erik Rakoff, who worked at Sullivan Correctional Facility. The investigation centered around an incident where an inmate was injured during an escort […]

Corrections Officer Wins Workers’ Comp Rape Claim

Crystal Faison worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections as a corrections officer. On May 20, 2018, Faison was approached by a fellow corrections officer with whom she had once had a brief sexual relationship. The other officer, referred to in the Court’s opinion as “Coworker,” ignored Faison’s protests that she did not want to […]

To Be Covered By FMLA, Employee Must Communicate With Employer

Under Department of Labor regu­lations, an employee need not use any “magic words” to trigger an employer’s obligations under the Family and Medi­cal Leave Act and need not use the acro­nym “FMLA.” However, the employee must provide enough information to the employer to give the employer a reason to believe that the employee may have […]

A Year’s Worth of Garrity Cases

The rule in Garrity v. New Jersey, 385 U.S. 493 (1967), is fairly straightforward. If a governmental employer compels one of its employees to answer questions or provide a written statement upon threat of possible job loss, then neither the em­ployee’s answers or statement nor the fruits of the answers or statement can be used […]